really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
78,514 miles

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2005 Honda Odyssey Owner Comments

problem #18

Jan 072017


  • 170,000 miles


While approaching a stop light on a city street and applying the brakes, the engine started to race and accelerate. I had to step very hard on the brakes to keep from entering the intersection. I got the vehicle stopped, but the engine continued to race; when I shifted into neutral, the rpms increased even more. I then shifted into park, and the rpms finally went down. Had I not stepped very hard on the brakes at the start of the incident, I would have entered the intersection and hit other cars in the intersection. When my son was learning to drive two years ago, he had two similar incidents when I was in the car. In both cases, as he was coming to a stop in a parking space the vehicle accelerated and hopped the curb. At first I thought he may have hit the accelerator instead of the brake, but now I wonder if he had the same thing happen to him.

- Greenbelt, MD, USA

problem #17

Mar 152016


  • 55,000 miles
While driving, acceleration of first gear is hampered, vehicle has loss of power and slips gears. Unable to get out of the way of fast moving traffic or the ability to get out of the way when in the middle of a busy intersection safely. Vehicle has less than 57000 miles on engine.

- Beaumont, CA, USA

problem #16

Jan 252016


  • 146,824 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Honda Odyssey. The contact stated that while driving at 25 mph, the traction control engaged without warning preventing the vehicle from accelerating. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 146,824.

- Sunland, CA, USA

problem #15

Sep 232014


  • 184,530 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Honda Odyssey. While pulling into a parking space, there was a sudden increase in engine rpms and the vehicle accelerated independently. The vehicle crashed into a fence. The air bags failed to deploy. The contact did not sustain any injuries and a police report was not filed. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The failure mileage was 184,530.

- St Clair Shores , MI, USA

problem #14

Jun 262007


  • 50,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Honda Odyssey. The contact stated while driving approximately 20 mph and making a turn, there was a loss of power steering as the warning light illuminated. In combination to the steering failure a delayed response occurred when the brake and accelerator pedals were depressed. The failure recurred intermittently but only when the vehicle was being driven in severe rainy weather. The failure was not diagnosed nor was the vehicle repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the defect. The approximate failure mileage was 50,000.

- Livingston, TX, USA

problem #13

May 012014

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 160,000 miles
While driving during rush hour traffic the vehicle suddenly without warning began to apply the brakes and the engine idled down then temporarily seemed normal only to have it reoccur in a matter of seconds. The vsa light including the symbol and the initials vsa became illuminated. I turned the car off and restarted it multiple times only to have it reoccur over and over again. I had just had the catalytic converter replaced for a second time two weeks prior to this happening. I was told by the dealer that in replacing the catalytic converter the service crew punctured my radiator and had to replace that as well. I had the car towed to the dealer who told me the vsa senor control cluster needed to be replaced. They said that they had never seen this before. They indicated that the part would take a week and a half to get the part which seems very strange. The cost for the part is $500 and the installation will be $276.25.

- Eagan, MN, USA

problem #12

Apr 052014

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 140,000 miles


The transmission on my 2005 Honda Odyssey has to replaced and Honda is claiming that is normal for a transmission to go at 100000 miles. The car drives fine for short distances but then after long distances it goes 5 miles an hour and revs really high. It was towed to Honda where they told me nothing was wrong. I asked them to drain the fluid and replace it. They did that then drove it around and drained it again and it was dirty and burning. They are putting in a refurbished transmission with an extended warranty. I feel that with a Honda the transmission should last a lot longer and think this is a Honda issue.

- Durham, NC, USA

problem #11

Feb 052013


  • 90,000 miles
Car jerks violently when shifting from one gear to another. On December 27, car stopped shifting and stalled on the freeway at night with my family in it. It stopped changing gear while I was going up hill and had to be towed. Luckily I was able to guide it out of the freeway traffic. Car was usually serviced at a Honda dealership.

- Culver Ciy, CA, USA

problem #10

Apr 152013


  • 120,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Honda Odyssey. The contact stated that while driving 45 mph, the vehicle independently decelerated with the illumination of the vtn warning light. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnosis where it was stated that the vtn spring needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired and the manufacturer was not notified. The VIN was not available. The approximate failure mileage was 120,000.

- Louisville, KY, USA

problem #9

Jun 082013

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 145,000 miles
The vehicle was a 2005 Honda Odyssey. I was traveling with my two children on the highway, going 75 mph and suddenly saw a flume of smoke behind my car. I notice the RPM jumped and I stepped on the brake immediately. It smelled like some liquid was burning. Pull the car over onto the side of the interstate and look to find smoke coming from under the hood and the transmission fluid had leaked and sprayed all over the engine, hoses, battery, radiator, etc - causing the smell. Towed it back to my house. When the car got to the house, the tow truck driver showed us that the atf had leaked probably completely out of the transmission. I would like for Honda to recall the transmission and fix my car. It's not only a defective transmission, it also a hazardous - what if it had caught on fire - when the fluid sprayed out.

- Stephens City, VA, USA

problem #8

Jun 042012

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 19,200 miles


Vsa (vehicle stability assist) modulator failed upon engine start up in a Honda Odyssey mini-van with just over 19,000 total miles. Downloaded diagnostic code confirmed failure of the vsa modulator. Vsa failure also means loss of ABS function on the brakes. Component price is nearly $1000. This is a very expensive component failure after very little actual use of the van. Vehicle is out of warranty based on elapsed time. Research indicates that early (low mileage) vsa modulator failures are very common in Honda Odyssey and other Honda vehicles.

- Wheaton, IL, USA

problem #7

Dec 162009


  • miles
I was driving with my children in my 2005 Honda Odyssey touring edition. I had driven for 20 minutes, and accelerated to pass a slow-moving truck. My accelerator stuck. I stood on the brakes but could not stop. Finally, I threw on my emergency brake, and I was able to pull onto the shoulder and throw my car into park. It was a very near miss, and I feel lucky to be alive. I took the car in for repairs to jl freed Honda, the same dealership where I had purchased the car. They determined that the stuck accelerator was caused by the gas pedal being stuck under the floor mat. Three people explained it three different ways to me. One person said that my Honda-issued all-weather floor mat was incorrectly installed on top of the carpet mat. Both were issued and installed by jl freed. Insinuation was that they should have removed the carpeted mat. The second person told me that my all-weather mat should have been anchored. This was never an option that had been offered to me and again, would indicate fault on the part of Honda. Finally, I was told that I myself had incorrectly installed the mat, which goes across both front seats and around the front console. I asked if they were concerned that this might happen to anyone else, and they said no. They also neglected to check my car for any damage that might have been incurred by standing on the brakes at full acceleration and/or using the parking brake and throwing my car into park while moving. Needless to say, I was not satisfied with the outcome and now no longer trust Honda.

- Harleysville, PA, USA

problem #6

Mar 102009


  • 75,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Honda Odyssey. While driving 25 mph he attempted to engage the brakes but the vehicle accelerated on its own. No repairs have been made at this time. The dealer has been contacted but could not duplicate the failure. He also stated that the failure occurred 3 times. The failure mileage was 75000 and the current mileage was 83,000.

- Tacoima, CA, USA

problem #5

Dec 132009


  • miles
I accelerated to pass a truck while on the Pennsylvania turnpike. My accelerator stuck doing 60. I could not release it by stepping on break or pumping it. I noticed that my cruise control had turned itself on. I turned it off. I stood with all my weight on the brake and slowed down only marginally. I pulled on the emergency brake and slowed down to about 20, where I was able to throw it in park and stop. Fortunately, no one was hurt. I have no idea what caused the accelerator in my 2005 Honda Odyssey to stick. I didn't report to police, but to 911, because I needed roadside assistance.

- Harleysville,, PA, USA

problem #4

Sep 242008


  • 34,540 miles
I was driving my 2005 Honda Odyssey today and as I was pulling into a parking space (about 5 mph) at a drug store and coming to a stop, the vehicle suddenly accelerated (jumped) forward. Had I not already had my foot on the brake I would have hit a rack of propane tanks! the car traveled about 4 ft from acceleration start to stopping and it rolled over the curb. My hard braking left a foot of tire tread marks on the concrete sidewalk from the front wheels. I always keep the cruise control (cc) off when driving locally but after I stopped the car, I noticed the cc was on. I did not turn it on and do not know how it activated. I want a record of the event. It left me shaken and want to insure that if there are other reports to nthsa actions be taken to advise owners of the problem. Drove to other locations without further problems. I intend to advise local Honda dealer and Honda corporate as well.

- Burleson, TX, USA

problem #3

May 062007

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 23,157 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Honda Odyssey. While approaching a stop, the engine revved and the contact had to depress the brake pedal extremely hard to prevent a crash. The failure occurred intermittently. The dealer was unable to duplicate the failure. In early March of 2008, two days after the contact left the dealer, the failure recurred. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer, but they could not duplicate the failure. The failure mileage was 20,000 and current mileage was 34,000. Updated 04/04/08. The consumer had to apply extreme pressure on the brake to prevent the vehicle from moving forward. Updated

- Brooksville, FL, USA

problem #2

Mar 012005


  • miles
2005 Honda Odyssey experiencing problems with air bag warning light illuminating, engine racing and shutting off. There are also problems with door equipment not locking or unlocking, as well as problems with the accelerator. The consumer experienced sudden acceleration. The vehicle's transmission locked in park. The vehicle had to be towed to the dealer. The consumer has experienced three electrical problems associated with the throttle in addition to electrical problems with the sliding door (driver's side), power locks and air bag sensor.

- Tupper Lake, NY, USA

problem #1

Mar 152005


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer had vehicle parked in garage with engine running. While being in park vehicle suddenly reversed and crashed into private property.

- Kingston, OH, USA

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